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Walking holidaysWalking the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James.

The Camino de Santiago: an ancient pilgrimage of great historical, cultural and spiritual significance which continues to be shared by pilgrims from all around the world.

From 599 € per person

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Difficulty:Moderate+

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Duration:7 nights, 8 days

Dates:April to 31st October

Start:Any day of the week

Location on map of Spain

Longer distances and hilly terrain, with perhaps four ascents per day.

Average daily distance / climb:15 miles (24 km) / 774 ft (236 m).

Description

This is not a standard walking tour! It is the only long-distance route to have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage recognition.

  • Walk the final 5 stages of the Camino from the Galician town of Sarria to Santiago de Compostela covering the last 113kms of this long distance trail.
  • Experience the cultural exchanges with fellow pilgrims as they wish you a 'buen camino' on this internationally acclaimed age-old route.
  • Reliable luggage transport will mean that your bag will always be at your next hotel when you get there. Leave all the details to us!
  • We have divided this tour into manageable daily stages of approximately 24kms per day. For an easier alternative see our "shorter distances tour".
  • Our telephone support means that if you get too tired or if you want to skip a day's walk, you can just call us and we'll arrange a taxi for you.
  • A hearty meal will be waiting for you at the end of each day to replenish your energy and a comfortable bed each night will ensure you are ready for the next day. It's all organised for you!
  • Experience the elation as you wak into the main square of Santiago de Compostela with its awe-inspiring cathedral, shrouded in centuries of myths and legends.

... The Camino is more than a journey across the Spanish landscape. It is a personal journey which unites people from many parts of the globe.

The Finisterre extension:

You can also walk on to Finisterre, the "End of the Earth", an additional five days, reputedly the landing site for the remains of Saint James, Jesus' apostle and where traditionally the pilgrim takes a last cleansing dip in the sea!


Ask us for more details and prices.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Sarria

Arrival to the Galician town of Sarria, the starting point for all pilgrims wishing to complete the last 113 kms of the Camino.

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín

Distance: 14 miles (23 km). Climb: 984 ft (300 m).

Today you set off on the Camino walking through ancient oak, birch and chestnut forests and later through many hamlets dotted around areas of cultivated land and grazing pastures, along quiet country lanes and natural pathways. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you walk through a part of rural Spain that seems to be caught in a time warp!

Day 3: Portomarin to Palas de Rei

Distance: 16 miles (26 km). Climb: 1476 ft (450 m).

Pine forests, corn fields, meadows and leafy green woodland accompanies you on this strech of the Camino. You will also cross a number of small villages full of rural character, with ancient stone-built houses in age-old villages that reflect the simpler pace of life of a bygone era.

Day 4: Palas de Rei to Arzua

Distance: 18 miles (29 km). Climb: 492 ft (150 m).

Today you will cross several beautiful river valleys as you follow secluded pathways through mature woodland. The area is full of medieval castles as well as Romanesque churches and ancient settlements.

Day 5: Arzua to Rua

Distance: 11 miles (17 km). Climb: 525 ft (160 m).

This part of the Camino weaves its way towards Santiago through ondulating fields and tiny villages, each one a hidden gem with stone-built houses, narrow streets and seemingly standing still in time. You can breathe the history along the way and can only imagine how many thousands of people over the centuries have shaped this legendary route.

Day 6: Rua to Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 14 miles (23 km). Climb: 394 ft (120 m).

Time to relish the last remaining kilometres of your adventure. Today the Camino leads you into the very heart of the unique city of pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela, into the Plaza de Obradoiro overlooking the Cathedral built in honour of Saint James. A city shrouded in centuries of legends, you will arrive elated to the echos of the pilgrims who have gone before you! This is a truly spiritual and uplifting experience! With a buzz of satisfation and a smile on your face you will arrive with enough time to get your “Compostelana” or Pilgrim’s Passport.

Day 7: Rest day in Santiago de Compostela

One last day to rest and enjoy the history and culture of this fabulous city. This singular city offers many important landmarks for you to enjoy, every corner imbued with history and atmosphere. You won't want to say goodbye!

Day 8: Return or extra nights in Santiago

Departure or why not linger in Santiago a few days to further explore. How about a touch of luxury in the 5 star Parador?

Travel

Frequent questions:

Which airport should I fly to?
Santiago International Airport.
How do I get to the Starting Point?
You can book our private taxi airport transfer to Sarria (1hr30mins, 150€). Public transport: Bus from Santiago to Sarria: Monday to Friday, 18:00-21:00*; Weekends, Santiago to Lugo and Lugo to Sarria, (buses every couple of hours)*. * We recommend you double check all times and prices.

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Hotels

Our hotels are conveniently positioned near or on the Camino. They are typically of 2 or 3 star grading. All rooms are en-suite. Here are some descriptions and photos of hotels we use:

Dining area in Sarria hotel

Night 1: Sarria

Simple rooms in an informal 1930s hotel offering a popular country-style restaurant with a bar & a terrace.

Bedroom in Portomarín hotel

Night 2: Portomarín

A relaxed hotel with views of the Miño River only a few minutes walk from The Church of San Xoán and the center of town and its many restaurants.

Single beds in Palas de Rei hotel

Night 3: Palas de Rei

Located in a quiet pedestrian area away from the bustle of the road, this hotel offers modern and comfortable facilities equipped with all the services you need.

Bedroom in Arzúa hotel

Night 4: Arzúa

Lovely small modern hotel on main street. Very helpful staff, good food, bright clean comfortable rooms.

O Rua hotel

Night 5: O Rua

Small and charming rural hotel offering carefully decorated and bright rooms. Traditional Galician cooking using the best products of land and sea.

Dining area in Santiago de Compostela hotel

Nights 6 and 7: Santiago de Compostela

Located in the center of Santiago de Compostela, just 450 metres from the cathedral. It offers elegant rooms with air-conditioning and a private bathroom.

Prices

Basic price:

Per person in double room599 €

This includes:

  • 7 nights' accommodation. 7 breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (all except Santiago).
  • PILGRIM'S PASSPORT.
  • One item of luggage is transfered per person.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Detailed maps with your trail clearly marked.
  • Itinerary description, full of recommendations for things to do and places to visit, advice and suggestions and information about your accommodation, etc.
  • Emergency support.
  • Activity insurance.

Supplements:

Single room supplementHelp button140 €

For those travelling with others, but wanting a room to themselves each night.

Extras:

Extra item of luggage36 €

Transfers:

Taxi Santiago Airport to Sarria (1-4 persons)Info button115 €

Transfer journey 1hr and 30 mins approximately

Other options:(Prices on request)

Extra night(s) in Santiago 

Finisterre extension 

If interested, please contact us with your plans, requirements and queries,

or simply use the "Get a quote" section, which we would recommend.

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Basic price:

Per person in double room
599 €plusminus

Supplements:

Single room supplement
140 €plusminus

Extras:

Extra item of luggage
36 €plusminus

Transfers:

Taxi Santiago Airport to Sarria (1-4 persons)
115 €plusminus
 
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Reviews

fantastic - wonderful

We have had a fantastic trip. We had a wonderful time.

Thanks so much for your great arrangements.

I will definitely recommend you to anyone I meet who wants to do a similar trip.

Very best wishes.

David Wallace, UK.

well organised - food was great

We really enjoyed the holiday! Everything was well organised, all the hotels were very good, the food was great, our cases were always waiting for us (the attached muscle relaxant was a nice touch and fully utilised).

It was a tough walk, but a great achievement for us. The temperatures were higher than we have experienced on our previous visits to Galicia, we found we had to set off early in the morning to avoid the worst of the heat, it might be an idea to mention this to future peregrinos, it took us a few days to get in the swing of joining the bulk of walkers who set off early.

We would definitely book with Away from the Crowds again, and recommend you to others,

Many Thanks, Best wishes,

Peter Evans, Sophia, Eira and Sion. UK.

In July and August this part of Galicia can get quite hot despite it being Green Spain. Setting off early in the morning is really important then so that you arrive to your destination each day before the worst of the heat.

Jaime, AFTC.

We liked it and your services were great.

We had a very good time. The hotels were fine, Especially the staff at hotel Benilde. We were wet and cold when we arrived and they took special efforts to help dry our 'waterproof' jackets, etc.

We found the distances a little longer than expected. And the rain was interesting. They should re-name it 'Rillito' de Santiago! But we were prepared with Umbrellas, etc.

Many nice people along the way. I’ll send pictures.

We liked it and your services were great.

They don't call Galicia "Green Spain" for nothing :)

Jaime, AFCT.

amazing - just great

Just a note to say a big thank you for the most amazing holiday that you help organise for me and my walking friend.

Everything went smoothly and your organisation with airport taxi and luggage transfer was just great.

I will certainly be recommending your company to other people.

Kind regards,

Sarah Driscoll. UK.

CO₂ footprint offsetting

This holiday produces a carbon footprint of 0,356 tonnes of CO₂. This includes taxis, luggage transfers and accommodation for every traveller.

We will compensate the CO₂ footprint for each booking through tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the CeroCO₂ platform.

Additionally, you can also offset your own flight emissions by visiting myclimate. See the link below.

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